Complete list of activities for the dissemination of the GRAMOFON PROJECT

[27/02/2020] - WORKSHOP: Fighting CO2 emissions: Next Generation Solutions

Last 27th February 2020 the workshop “Fighting CO2 emissions: Next Generation Solutions” was celebrated in Belfast (UK) with the participation of more than 30 people. During the meeting several speakers from Queens University of Belfast, the National University of Ireland (Galway), Tecnalia, the University of Manchester and from the organiser, MOF Technologies, presented different technologies in decarbonisation, CO2 separation, different uses of MOFs, membranes, and the effects of CO2 impurities.


[19/02/2020] - WORKSHOP: Training Event - Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)

For more than 30 people, a workshop with different presentations was celebrated in Breda (Netherlands) on 19th February 2020. In the agenda, there were several presentations in CO2 global warming scope (awareness and policy), capture, utilisation and storage technologies. Several speakers participated from ARBON university, TNO, VITO, Université de Mons and Process Design Centre. 

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[19/11/2019] - Chemistry At Work Exhibition – Belfast, UK

MOF Technologies gave a lecture: Metal-Organic Fraweworks - a nano solution to a global problem.

[07/11/2019] - WORKSHOP: Emisiones industriales de CO2. Captura y utilización (CCU)

The 7th November 2019 it was celebrated a training workshop in Valencia (Spain), with a participation of around 50 people, to present GRAMOFON results and technologies in CCS and other technologies in CCS and CCU. In the training workshop participated speakers from the Spanish Government, presenting Penalties in CO2 emissions; from the Spanish H2020 National Contact Point they presented EU grants to R&D projects in CCS and CCU, and several speakers from UPV, LEITAT, UMONS and AIMPLAS who presented different technological solutions.

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[28/10/2019] - EUROMOF 2019 - Paris, France

Three partners participated in EUROMOF 2019:

CNRS MARSEILLE presented the poster: High-throughput Experiments and Adsorption Microcalorimetry to Characterize Pure MOFs and MOF/GO Composites for Carbon Capture Applications.

UMONS presented the poster: CO2 Capture by Adsorption Processes with Metal-Organic Framework/Graphene Oxide Composites.

MOF Technologies gave a lecture: Commercial Applications of Metal Organic Frameworks.

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[14/07/2019] - Carbon 2019

Between 14th and 19th July 2019 was celebrated the Event Carbon 2019 in Lexington (United States of America) organised by The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and opened to the international carbon community with a global participation of the industrial and the scientific community. During those days Guillaume Maurin and Savine Devatour Vinot, from CNRS Université de Montpellier,  presented the conference “Unraveling the Enhancement of the Interfacial Compatibility between Metal-Organic Framework and Functionalized Graphene Oxide” and a poster about CNRS and a poster about their work in GRAMOFON. 

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[02/07/2019] - 3rd Europe – South Korean Joint workshop on CCS

The 3rd Twinning action in CCS between EU H2020 LCE projects and Korean research institutions was celebrated in Paris on 2nd and 3rd July 2019, hosted by CNRS as partner of GRAMOFON and with the collaboration of ROLINCAP and NANOMENC project partners. During both days several round tables, project and posters presentations were celebrated with the opportunity to meet between project partners from EU and Korea, and with a complementary agenda to external people to disseminate project results, funding and technologies.

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[27/05/2019] - 13th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption -Cairns, Australia

UMONS presented the Poster: Metal-Organic Framework/Graphene Oxide Composites for CO2 Capture by Adsorption Processes: Application to Microwave Desorption.

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[15/05/2019] - Progress and challenges of graphene oxide/metal-organic composites

This article was published in the ScienceDirect online journal. Authors: Mégane Muschi, Christian Serre.


Graphene oxide (GO) coupled with inorganic-organic hybrid materials, from 0D coordination complexes to 3D Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) offer promising prospects. The synergic effects of these two materials can lead to enhanced or even new properties. The nature of the interactions between the carbon-based material and the hybrid one strongly depends on the synthetic method. As these composites bring more and more attention, this review aims at giving a global scope of the different synthetic routes used in the literature, as well as the characterizations and applications of such systems.

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[01/04/2019] - Groupe Français des Zéolithes, Porquerolles, France

CNRS MARSEILLE has participated in ‘Groupe Français des Zéolithes’. Presentation Poster: High-throughput Experiments and Adsorption Microcalorimetry to Characterize Pure MOFs and MOF/GO Composites for Carbon Capture Applications.

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[18/03/2019] - Formation of Single Crystal Aluminum-based MOF Nanowire with Graphene Oxide Nanoscrolls as Structure-Directing Agents

This article was published in the RESEARCH GATE online journal.


Here we propose an innovative strategy to synthesize single-crystal nanowires (NWs) of the Al 3+ dicarboxylate MIL-69(Al) MOF by using graphene oxide nanoscrolls as structure directing agents. MIL-69(Al) NWs with an average diameter of 70 ± 20 nm and lengths up to 2 μm were found to preferentially grow along the [001] crystallographic direction. Advanced characterization tools (electron diffraction, TEM, STEM-HAADF, SEM, XPS) and molecular modelling revealed the mechanism of formation of MIL-69(Al) NWs involving size-confinement and templating effects. The formation of MIL-69(Al) seeds and the self-scroll of GO sheets followed by the anisotropic growth of MIL-69(Al) crystals are mediated by specific GO sheets/MOF interactions. This study delivers an unprecedented approach to control the design of 1D MOF nanostructures and superstructures.

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[12/03/2019] - CO2 Summit Europe 2019

Our partner MOF TECH has participated in the CO2 Summit Symposium celebrated in Innsbruck (Austria). GRAMOFON project was presented at the exhibitor floor by Jose Casaban and Darren Mawhinney.

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[11/03/2019] - 6th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials

10 expert plenary and keynote speakers, focussed featured talks by more than 35 speakers supplemented by 250 contributed talks and large poster sessions, plus an exhibition provided a complete update on the latest developments across this interdisciplinary field from all the leading research institutes. University of Versailles presented the following topic "Design of MOFs-graphene oxide composites for the capture of CO2" on the conference.

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[03/03/2019] - The Effect of Solvothermal Conditions on the Properties of Three-Dimensional N-Doped Graphene Aerogels

This article was published in Nanomaterials journal. Authors: Alina I. Pruna; Alfonso C. Cárcel, Adolfo Benedito, Enrique Giménez


Low-density three-dimensional (3D) N-doped graphene aerogels by a one-step solvothermal method in the presence of ethylenediamine (EDA) are reported. The gelation, formation, and properties of the aerogels were studied with solvothermal conditions, namely, operating temperature, time, graphene oxide (GO) concentration, and the GO/EDA w/w ratio. Two ranges of solvothermal conditions are employed: one involving an operating temperature below 100 °C and a conventional chemical reduction of GO with EDA at atmospheric pressure and a second one employing a higher temperature range up to 165 and a high pressure reduction with EDA. The results show that both solvothermal approaches allow for the fabrication of homogeneous N-doped 3D graphene aerogels with density values close to 10 mg cm−3. The measurements indicated that low values of GO concentration, temperature, and EDA are optimum for obtaining low-density 3D aerogels. N doping is improved with an EDA amount in lower temperature conditions. The N doping mechanism below 100 °C is dominated by the epoxy ring opening while at temperatures up to 165 °C both epoxy ring opening and amidation take place. The CO2 adsorption properties are strongly controlled by the nitrogen configuration, namely, pyridinic nitrogen in terms of its density.

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[05/02/2019] - 8emes Journées de l’Association Française de l’Adsorption, Dijon, France

UMONS has participated in the “8emes Journées de l’Association Française de l’Adsorption” and presented some aspects of GRAMOFON project and Poster: Metal-Organic Framework/Graphene Oxide Composite for CO2 capture: Application to microwave desorption.

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[30/01/2019] - Unraveling the Enhancement of the Interfacial Compatibility between Metal-Organic Framework and Functionalized Graphene Oxide

This article was published in the journal of Physical Chemistry. Author: Anusha Lalitha, Jae Eun Shin, Satyanarayana Bonakala, Jee Yeon Oh, Ho Bum Park, Guillaume Maurin.


Advanced modeling and experimental characterization tools were coupled to gain an unprecedented in-depth characterization of the interface formed when a hybrid porous solid ZIF-8 is incorporated as filler onto an amine-functionalized graphene oxide (GO) matrix. As a preliminary stage, an aminopyridine-functionalized GO was synthesized, and a realistic atomistic model was computationally built integrating their structural and chemical features deduced from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction experiments. An atomistic representation of the ZIF-8/functionalized GO interface was further simulated and carefully analyzed in terms of the nature and the strength of interactions between the two components and the GO conformation with a special emphasis on the impact of the functionalization. It was revealed that grafting the aminopyridine function at the GO significantly enhances the interactions with the terminal functions present at the MOF interface associated with an in-depth penetration of the functionalized GO into the pockets of the ZIF-8. The so-predicted high compatibility between the two components was then supported by Infrared experiments collected on the prepared composite. Complementary transmission electron microscopy experiments further revealed a homogeneous dispersion of the ZIF-8 nanoparticles into the GO matrix with the absence of MOF agglomeration and mechanical testing evidenced a significant enhancement of the tensile strength for the corresponding composite. This fundamental exploration unambiguously demonstrates the key role played by the GO functionalization to achieve optimal interfacial MOF/GO properties, and this opens promising perspectives for processing thin films required for future applications.

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[30/01/2019] - Effect of Synthesis Conditions on CO2 Capture of Ethylenediamine- modified Graphene Aerogels.

This article was published in Applied Surface Science journal. Authors: Alina I. Pruna; Alfonso C. Cárcel, Adolfo Benedito, Enrique Giménez


Ethylenediamine-modified graphene oxide-based three-dimensional aerogels were fabricated by one-step hydrothermal technique. The influence of oxidation conditions and starting graphite material was studied by elemental analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy. The CO2 adsorption properties of modified aerogels were tested. The results show the distribution of oxygen groups and type of GO altered by oxidation conditions and graphite nature induce a different N doping configuration in the modified aerogel and a higher surface utilization factor for the CO2 capture. The GO-based aerogel obtained from expanded graphite exhibited the best performance (2-fold the un-modified one), reaching a value of 1.18?mmol?g−1 at 1?bar and 298?K, thus indicating the high potential of the present approach towards enhancing the CO2 capture.

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[09/12/2018] - MOF2018, Auckland (New Zealand)

Jose Casaban from MOF Technologies has presented the GRAMOFON project at the "6th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks & Open framework compounds" at the Industry Forum.

[04/12/2018] - CATO Meets the Projects 2018

CATO is the Dutch national R&D programme for CO2 capture, transport and storage in which a consortium of nearly 40 partners cooperate. The CATO community is again invited to ‘Meet the Projects'. A number of  projects have now been awarded and the initiators have been invited to share their planned work with the broader CCUS community. Poster of GRAMOFON project was presented by PDC on the stand at the CATO programme. 

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[05/09/2018] - Understanding of the Graphene Oxide/Metal-Organic Framework Interface at the Atomistic Scale

This article was published in the ACS online journal. Authors: Satyanarayana Bonakala, Anusha Lalitha, Jae Eun Shin, Farhad Moghadam, Rocio Semino, Ho Bum Park, Guillaume Maurin.


An atomistic model of the metal-organic framework (MOF) ZIF-8/graphene oxide (GO) interface has been constructed using a combination of density functional theory calculations and force-field-based molecular dynamics simulations. Two microscopic models of GO were constructed integrating basal plane and both basal and edge plane functional groups, called GO-OH and GO-CO2H, respectively. Analysis of the MOF/GO site-to-site interactions, surface coverage, and GO conformation/stiffness and a full characterization of the interfacial region is provided with a special emphasis on the influence of the chemical composition of GO. It was evidenced that the structure of the GO/ZIF-8 composite at the interface is stabilized by a relatively homogeneous set of interactions between the hydrogen atoms of the −NH and −OH terminal functions of ZIF-8 and the oxygen atoms of the epoxy, hydroxyl, and carboxylic groups of GO, leading to an optimal coverage of the MOF surface by GO. Such a scenario implies a significant distortion of the first GO layer brought into contact with the MOF surface, leading to an interfacial region with a relatively small width. This computational exploration strongly suggests that a very good compatibility between these two components would lead, in turn, to the preparation of defect-free ZIF-8/GO films. These predictions are correlated with an experimental effort that consists of successfully prepared homogeneous MOF/GO films that were further characterized by transmission electron microscopy and mechanical testing.

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[10/07/2018] - 11th International conference on Advanced Nanomaterials (ANM 2018)

UPV has participated in the 11th International conference on Advanced Nanomaterials (ANM 2018) at University of Aveiro (PORTUGAL) and presented GRAMOFON project.

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[04/07/2018] - XV Congreso Nacional de Materiales

UPV has participated in the XV National Congress of Materials at University of Salamanca, where GRAMOFON project was presented.

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[16/05/2018] - 1st French MOFs/COFs/Porous Polymers Conference, Paris, France

UMONS has participated in the “1st French MOFs/COFs/Porous Polymers Conference” and presented some aspects of GRAMOFON project.

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[24/04/2018] - Plastics are Future 2018

II International Seminar Plastics are Future was organised at AIMPLAS facilities. The event was a meeting point for different sector realities, allowing to position and generate new market strategies in the medium and long term to generate the suitable breeding ground and inspire the creation of technologic start-ups and small companies. GRAMOFON project was presented at the workshop "Polymers against the greenhouse effect. A new generation of CO2 catchers." by Adolfo Benedito.

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[13/03/2018] - ImagineNano 2018

UPV presented GRAMOFON project at the 4th edition of the largest European Event in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, ImagineNano, at Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC).

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[24/01/2018] - Korea CCUS International conference, Jeju, Korea

UMONS has participated in the “8th Korea CCUS International Conference” and presented some aspects of GRAMOFON project.

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[15/06/2017] - Twinning Workshop in Trondheim (Norway)

AIMPLAS has participated in the first joint Twinning Workshop with the other projects from the CCS call and the Korean partners, Korean government and INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission). 

[15/05/2017] - Workshop H2020 projects focus on CCSS/CCU and alternative fuels

Núria García and Adolfo Benedito presented GRAMOFON project at the workshop "H2020 projects focus on CCSS/CCU and alternative fuels" in colaboration with INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency). The meeting was held at INEA premises in Brussels on the 15th of May 2017 with the aim of increase collaboration among different INEA funded project on topics such as carbon capture, storage and utilization and on alternative fuels. The event included the presentation of NANOMEMC2, GRAMOFON and ROLINCAP projects.

[14/05/2017] - 11th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids (COPS-XI), Avignon, France

UMONS has participated in the “11th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids (COPS-XI)” and presented some aspects of GRAMOFON project.

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[09/11/2016] - Second Scientific Event of the ECRA Academic Chair: CO2 Capture & Reuse in the cement industry: from the lab to the plant

UMONS presented GRAMOFON project during the Second Scientific Event of the ECRA Academic Chair.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727619.

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